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Milk and Cookies
Milk and cookies is a storytellling night that takes
place in Dublin. The event is free and everyone is
welcome. It usually takes place in Exchange in
Temple Bar. There is an open mic night, and there
are tea, coffee, cookies and friends!
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Comedy is about telling stories!
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Dublin Fringe Festival
A dark tale of small-town solidarity. Majority rules
and a close-knit community turns on one of its own.
This is Listowel Syndrome – in a small town you
can’t afford to make enemies and actions do have
consequences. Reflecting on a recent case that
saw a large number of people express their
solidarity for a convicted man through a wordless
gesture, it brings to mind a Faustian pact. Told
through dance, text, song and live music, this is a
fable told for any town at any time.
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His and Hers
“A man loves his girlfriend the most, his wife
the best, but his mother the longest.” Old Irish
From kitchens, living rooms, and hallways across
the Irish midlands, His & Hers delightfully combines
observation and charm to tell a 90-year-old love
story through the voices of 70 women. This intimate
gender and cultural snapshot explores a woman’s
relationships with the men in her life—father,
boyfriend, husband, son. Following sequentially
from little girl to old woman, each character portrait
is woven with the others into one perfectly crafted
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2005 - ongoing
An international project where people send in their
secrets anonymously on a postcard. “Community
mail art” is how founder Frank Warren describes it.
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Dublin Dance Festival
Annually, started 2002
A festival of contemporary dance. Each year
different themes unite the stories told. In 2010 the
theme was “Young people, old voices”. Dance is a
very expressive way of storytelling.
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An Post Museum
The exhibition explores the influence of the Post
Office in Ireland and offers an insight into the role
played by Post Office people in the development of
Irish society over many years. From stamps and
stamp collecting to An Post's copy of the 1916
Proclamation and the little known story of the staff
who were actually in the GPO on Easter Monday,
the exhibition is a unique way to learn about the
importance of the Post Office in Irish life.
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Explore [murmur] Dublin Docklands:
Go for a walk: bring your mobile phone, and head
for the green ears on the map.
Find the green ear, and call the number on it.
Enter the code on the sign to hear people's stories
about the place where you're standing.
[murmur] is an audio documentary which is
collecting stories and personal memories about
Docklands from older people as part of the
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The Science Gallery is a world first. A new type of
venue where today's white-hot scientific issues are
thrashed out and you can have your say. A place
where ideas meet and opinions collide.
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In Western countries, The Nutcracker has become
perhaps the most popular of all ballets, performed
primarily during the Christmas season. In the United
States, especially since the 1960s, it has
transcended its origins as a mere ballet or piece of
classical music, becoming a part of American
tradition almost as much as the 1939 film The
Wizard of Oz. Countless cities across the U.S. now
stage the ballet at Christmas time, and new
telecasts, video versions and interpretations of the
ballet now appear even more often than before.
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Ghost Bus Tour
Let us put you at your unease on Dublin's oldest
and best Ghostbus Tour. We will introduce you to
the dark romance of a city of gaslight ghosts and
The bus itself is a unique attraction, it is a mobile
theatre decorated in the gothic style and features a
live storyteller who takes you on a spellbinding trip
through Dublin. Once onboard, we take advantage
of this atmospheric setting to spirit you away to a
world of felons, fiends and phantoms and put you in
the mood for being both charmed and spooked at
the same time.
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Dunne and Raby
Evidence Dolls is a research project commissioned
by the Pompidou Centre in Paris for the D-Day
The aim was to use hypothetical products as a way
of exploring how one group in society felt biotech
might impact on their lives. We focussed on young
single women and their love lives as this provided a
number of interesting perspectives on genetics --
designer babies, desirable genes, mating logic,
DNA theft. It is not intended to be scientific, but
more a way of unlocking their imaginations and
generating stories that once made public, trigger
thoughts and discussions in other people.
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Poetry Ireland - Readings
Information on Poetry Ireland supported readings,
launches and events around Ireland, as well as
other writing events around the country.
Browse the listings below or use the calendar to
view what is happening on a particular date.
This page will show events for the current month.
For next month's events, forward-click on the
Our events are scheduled two months in advance
so please check back regularly for more upcoming
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Street Artists - Mimes
A mime artist (from Greek "μίμος" - mimos,
"imitator, actor") is someone who uses mime as a
theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving
miming, or the acting out a story through body
motions, without use of speech. In earlier times, in
English, such a performer was referred to as
a mummer. Miming is to be distinguished
from silent comedy, in which the artist is a seamless
character in a film or sketch.
The performance of pantomime originates at its
earliest in Ancient Greece; the name is taken from a
single masked dancer calledPantomimus, although
performances were not necessarily silent.
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TCD Debates in The Phil
Every year, The Phil invites luminaries from the
worlds of politics, academia, business and the arts
to address the students of Trinity College. In recent
years, the Society has played host to guests such
as renown actor Al Pacino, Supreme Court Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, presidential candidate John
McCain, actress Dame Helen Mirren, writer Sir
Salman Rushdie and Nobel Peace Prize
winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
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Can you introduce yourself?
Hello, we are Lash Back! Lash Back is a feminist
collective and magazine based in Dublin Ireland.
The group was initially set up in late 2007 by 3
women in Dublin. The group has slowly evolved and
now encompasses approx 25 casual collective
members, 6 organising members and an e-mail
group of over 80 members.
Can you tell us about the Lash Back collective?
The Lash Back collective currently meets once
every 2 months. So far, we’ve tried to provide a
space for people who identify as women and
feminists to come together and talk or do activities
(such as making stuff or watching movies) in a safe
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Photo of the Day
March 31 1979 – Oct 25
Photographer as Jamie Livingston took a photo
every day for eighteen years, until the day he died,
using a Polaroid SX-70 camera. He called the
project “Photo of the Day” and presumably planned
to collect them at some point — had he lived. He
died on October 25, 1997 — his 41st birthday.
After Livingston’s death, his friends Hugh Crawford
and Betsy Reid put together a public exhibit and
website using the photos and called it PHOTO OF
THE DAY: 1979-1997, 6,697 Polaroids, dated in
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Feminist Walking Tour
On March 8th 2008 over 150 people took to the
streets to take part in the first Feminist Walking Tour
of Dublin to mark International Women's Day.
Following the enormous success of last year's tour,
we are once again stepping out to tell the often
forgotten stories of the Dublin women who have
shaped the world we live in.
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Give Up Your Aul Sins
More than 30 years ago, young Dublin children
were recorded on a battered tape recorder as they
gave their interpretation of stories from the bible.
The story of John the Baptist, is told by a little girl
with great passion and an obvious delight in the
telling of it....
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Tattoo Confidential . Com
A website that collects the stories behind people’s
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Teen Diaries Online
ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR YOUNG WOMEN
Teen Diaries is dedicated to helping multi-cultural
females (ages 13 to 22) transition into adulthood.
From fashion to finance, each section of this E-
mentoring site and developing talk show focuses on a
particular issue that affects this unique population. It is
educational, inspirational, and entertaining. It is
supportive and non-judgmental. Featured celebrities
and professionals talk about the issues that affected
them as teens growing up in America. Teen bloggers
from New York to Los Angeles contribute to the
Diaries section that features their truthful depiction of
teen life and appeals to the audience who identify with
them. Without a doubt, Teen Diaries fills an ever-
existent void in the framework of our youth.
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this is not a shop
Thisisnotashop is an alternative, not for profit arts
organization founded in January 2006 in Dublin,
Ireland, dedicated to supporting the work of
emerging artists from both Ireland and abroad.
From 2006 to December 2009 the gallery was
located at 26 Benburb St, Dublin 7. In 2010
Thisisnotashop let go of the space to focus on
organizing independent exhibitions for its artists in
Ireland, New York, and Internationally.
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Threadless is a community-based tee shirt
company, with an ongoing, open call for design
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Born in Sussex
1942 - 2007
Dame Anita Roddick, DBE (23 October 1942 – 10
September 2007) was a British businesswoman,
human rights activist and environmental
campaigner, best known as the founder of The Body
Shop, a cosmetics company producing and retailing
beauty products that shaped ethical
consumerism. The company was one of the first
to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals
and one of the first to promote fair trade with third
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Born in London
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18
July 1950) is a British industrialist, best known for
his Virgin Group of over 360 companies.
At age 16, Branson had his first successful
business venture, publishing a magazine called
Student. In 1970, he set up an audio record mail-
order business. In 1972, he opened a chain of
record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin
Megastores. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly
during the 1980s—as he set up Virgin Atlantic
Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music
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NCAD Student Gallery
This year we will be establishing the NCAD
Student's Gallery in the old games room space in
red square. This is an idea that's been around for
the past five or six years and is finally coming into
fruition. The Student's Gallery will be a dedicated
space for NCAD students to have continuous
exhibitions that would be open to the public. It is our
hope that the gallery will attain a high profile over
the next few years as a showcase for exciting, new,
young artists and designers. We hope it will draw
people in from outside the college, giving our
students valuable experience and exposure for
many years to come.
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CFCP is delighted to announce the opening of a
monthly Creative Café.
Creative Café is an informal meet up and exchange
platform for all creative people to present their work,
provide an insight into various creative processes
and share reflexions on their impact.
We would like to invite any creative practitioners
and researchers in the arts area to contact us if they
would like to give a short talk about their work,
upcoming and/or past projects.
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“Exchange Dublin” is both a statement of intent and
an invitation to the city.
Exchange Dublin is a new collective arts centre in
Temple Bar, Dublin run entirely by young people
and holding discussions, gigs, visual arts and
performance. Most projects originate from the
autonomous “Exchange Groups” that use the space
as a hub for their activity. Representatives from
these groups form the general Exchange Dublin
Collective that programmes and coordinates events
in the space. All work is voluntary and no one is
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This is a open creative space for NCAD students.
Show Work .
It is a 10,000 sqft warehouse with very few
limitations (there are no costs and no need to turn a
We hope to create a space where work is made ,
exhibited and promoted. It is a space that can be
used as a studio, gallery, movie theatre, muse,
darkroom or anything else you can think of.
Located just behind Vicar Street.
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You Kiss By The Book
You Kiss By The Book is the shambling, endearing,
pared down musical project of Simon Dowling.
Having enlisted the micro-scene equivalent of a
supergroup (featuring those for whom The Terribles
and I Heart The Monster Hero are the regular gig,
among others), Simon recorded an album of
winning simplicity live at his house. The result is
Bear Leader, a limited edition vinyl released with a
free CD enclosed, available at Road Records. The
album’s on Hefty Horse records, an imprint that will
be familiar to those who’ve attended the gigs Simon
has put on in Anseo, upstairs in Whelans and
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Stitch and Bitch
The Dublin Knit Collective hosts Stitch and Bitch
nights where people can come to do craft, share
stories and bitch! The nights used to be on in
PantiBar, info can be found on The Dublin Knit
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The BauBike was designed by a student at DSKD.
The entrepreneurship was involved in creating and
executing the idea, as well as exhibiting at Milan
Design Fair 2009.
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Help Me Help Me
This project at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2010 is
described by the creator as follows:
“I hate normal shop-shopping. I like charity shop,
flea-market, car-boot sale shopping. So I am
opening the Help Me! Help Me! charity shop, and I
want you to come and rummage. Talk to strangers,
rearrange the merchandise, haggle, browse,
engage me in long chats about the weather and
your ailments. I’m the charity. You can take my
things; just give me something that will help me in
exchange – a tune, some cake, your company, a
cure for loneliness, 40 cent… Daily tea, cake and
chat at 3pm. Please be generous, everything must
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O Connaill’s Chocolate
O Conaills Chocolates are a tradition chocolate
makers operating in Cork City. The business sells
chocolate products which are all handmade in Cork,
as well as having a café.
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TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth
Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference
bringing together people from three worlds:
Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then
its scope has become ever broader. Along with two
annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long
Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the
TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer -
- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video
site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV
Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx
programs, and the annual TED Prize.
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DemeterFL, Inc. is a Great Neck, New York
company that sells fragrances based on familiar,
"everyday" scents, such as dirt, tomatoes, and
chocolate chip cookies. The fragrances are
intended to be an evocative, "idealized"
representation of these scents, which Demeter calls
"single experience fragrances“. This is in contrast to
most traditional perfumes, which combine a larger
range of scents to create more complex fragrances.
This is an interesting example of a non-traditional
entrepreneur enterprise, where the aim is to bottle
and sell a very specific experience of an intangible
feeling created by a certain smell.
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Regional Assembly of
The Regional Assembly of Text was opened in late
August of 2005 by Rebecca Dolen & Brandy
Fedoruk. While attending the Emily Carr Institute of
Art and Design, they collaborated on a number of
projects and curated a series of book shows
After graduating in 2003 they decided to put their
minds & hands to work. The result of which, was
their very own little store. Focusing on text as a
theme, the store features many lovely things
designed and built by them.
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At MrTypewriter.com, we work hard to bring you
yesterday's high tech machines ready for today's
With a typewriter from MrTypewriter.com you can
rest assured that you have invested in a quality
machine that has been fully tested and restored to
once again provide many years of reliable service
for today's wordsmiths.
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It all started with a song and a sneeze. Dave Kapell,
founder of Magnetic Poetry, was suffering from
writer's block while trying to compose song lyrics. To
overcome this problem, he wrote down interesting
words on pieces of paper and rearranged them,
looking for inspiration. What he hadn't figured into
this experiment was his allergies. One good sneeze
and any progress was sent flying across the room.
Dave decided to glue the words to pieces of
magnets and stick them to a pizza tin. Then he got
hungry and the now magnetized words made their
way to the refrigerator door. Before too long, Dave
wasn't the only one rearranging his would-be song
lyrics. When friends came over, Dave noticed they
started to move the magnets around, amusing
themselves by writing the first magnetic poems.
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A social experiment that questions the possibilities
of community in a mostly transient space.
me&him&you were attracted to this unique location,
and they invite you, the community, to re-imagine
this laneway. From dawn until dusk for eight days of
the festival – seating created from found objects,
planting and music (directly influenced by laneway
users) will inhabit this space. Bursting with vitality,
activity and interaction – take a detour and visit The
Laneway. For more information please visit
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A project looking at possible positive interventions
for heroin addicts.
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LIFESAVER bottle uses a highly advanced ultra
filtration system, originally developed for industrial
applications. LIFESAVER bottle will remove
bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and all
other microbiological waterborne pathogens. It does
all this without the aid of any foul tasting chemicals
like iodine or chlorine.
Whilst inventing LIFESAVER bottle I also invented
FAILSAFE technology. In simple terms this means
that when the cartridge has expired it shuts off,
preventing the user from drinking contaminated
water. Just change the cartridge and continue to
LIFESAVER bottle has been designed to help save
lives supplying people with clean pathogen-free
drinking water. Treated with care and respect you
can expect many years of trouble-free use.
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Feminist Open Forum
fof is a new space for feminists to get together to
and experiences, to discuss current political issues,
strategise and plan actions for change.
fof plans to meet monthly and is open to everyone
feminist politics and activism.
Fresh Perspectives, New Voices, Action
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An innovative, self cleaning shower system.
All decontamination processes and products are
fully bio-degradable and non-toxic to the long term
aquatic environment. We believe that no one is
exempt from environmental responsibility.
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Safe and Legal
The Safe and Legal (in Ireland) Abortion Rights
Campaign is of unique significance, as it represents
the first major initiative aimed at moving forward on
abortion in this country. Anti-choice groups seeking
further regressive and unworkable responses to
abortion have always led previous campaigns on
Since the first Constitutional referendum on abortion
in 1983, Ireland has changed: more women living in
Ireland access abortion services and more women
feel angry and frustrated that they have to travel to
Britain and other countries to secure these services.
The only thing that has not changed is the lack of
courage and leadership demonstrated by
successive Governments in dealing with abortion in
a realistic and rational way.
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The Toaster Project
For nine months I've been trying to make an electric
toaster, myself, starting from scratch. Travelling to
disused mines around Britain, digging up raw
materials, processing and forming them into a hand
crafted pastiche of a product sold in Argos for the
throwaway price of £3.94.
My quest is perhaps absurd, but the contrast in
scale between the products we use and the industry
that produces them also seems absurd. Massive
industrial activity in the pursuit of additional
modicums of comfort at lower prices - small trifles,
like an evenly crispy piece of toast, that we quickly
become accustomed too. However, I like toast, as
well as many of the other trappings of 21st Century
life. The laboriousness of producing even the most
basic material from the ground up exposes the
fallacy in a return to some romantic ideal of a pre-
industrialised time. But at a moment in time when
the effects of industry are no longer trivial in relation
to the wider environment, the throwaway toasters of
today seem unreasonable. The provenance and the
fate of the things we buy is too important to ignore.
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The Cloud Project
Developments in nanotechnology and planetary-
scale engineering point to new possibilities for us to
conform the global environment to our needs.
These advances combined with a dream to make
clouds snow ice cream have inspired a series of
experiments that look at ways to alter the
composition of clouds to make new and delicious
sensory experiences. Using ice-cream as a catalyst
for interesting dialogue, the project’s focus is to
welcome people into a mobile space that sits
outside institutions, letting new audiences
experience and imagine emerging scientific
developments and their consequences.
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The Stock Exchange of
The Stock Exchange of Visions project was initiated
to provide a platform for the world leading artists,
sociologists, activists, scientists and others to share
their visions about the future of our planet with a
broad public and let them decide if either they agree
up on their thoughts or not.
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Cars and trucks can be replaced by technologies
that were invented a century ago and are today fully
developed: trains and street cars (trams). The
comparatively few people using motor vehicles for
their transport impose terrible burdens on their
fellow citizens and do not even enjoy particularly
fast transport due to the many other cars and trucks
competing for space in the relatively narrow streets.
No technical fix is going to solve the ecological and
energy problems we now face. The same high
quality of life can be extended throughout a city
simply by making modest improvements in public
transport and freight delivery systems at costs that
are low in comparison to building new highways.
This approach restores cities to their rightful place:
the center of the human universe, where civility,
beauty, and culture abound, in the commercial heart
of the city. We must establish a systematic program
of solving the world's problems by pushing cars out
of the places they do not belong: our city streets.
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To some, making a difference means small, simple
acts that can be done every single day. To others,
making a difference means showing up to local
events that make the world a better place. And to
some other people, making a difference means
hopping on board with a local non-for-profit and
focusing your efforts on one issue. CoolPeopleCare
is here to welcome all.
You want to change the world. You really do. But
sometimes, things get in the way. You've got your
career, your family, your friends, your future, and
lots of other things to worry about. But these things
aren't necessarily hindrances to giving back -
CoolPeopleCare shows you how to leverage your
world to change worlds. Give them five minutes and
you'll see positive change in yourself, your
community, and communities half a world away.
Because there's no such thing as not enough time.
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The Hole in the Wall
In 1999, New Delhi's physicist professor Sugata
Mitra puts a PC with a high speed internet
connection in a wall in the slums of Kalkaji (New
Delhi, India) and watches what happens.
After seven years of rigorous measurements across
the Indian subcontinent, he summarizes what he
has learn into what he named as being a “a puzzle
in four pieces”:
• The quality of education reduces with
• Educational technology should be designed for
and go to the remotest areas first
• Learning is a process of self organisation
• Values are acquired, doctrine is imposed
Groups of children, given access to shared, publicly
accessible computers in playgrounds and other
public areas, will teach themselves to use the
technology on their own. This will happen
independently of who or where they are.
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We Are What We Do
We Are What We Do is a global movement that
inspires people to use their everyday behaviour to
affect big environmental and social issues.
There are loads of small things we can all do
everyday. We call them Actions. Little things like
turning off the tap when you're brushing your teeth,
taking your own bag to the supermarket or teaching
your granny to text. They might seem small and
insignificant on their own, but their effect can be
massive. If we all do them regularly, we can have a
huge impact on many of the environmental and
social problems we are facing.
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Homeless World Cup
The project started when two street paper founders
wanted to find an international language to unite
homeless people around the world. Held annually,
the first cup was hosted in Graz, Austria in 2003.
When the most recent tournament was held in Cape
Town 2006 the event was watched by over 100.000
fans, uniting 48 nations and 500 homeless players.
The Homeless World Cup exists to address the one
billion people around the world without a home, a
basic human need. Using football as a trigger, they
inspire and empower people who are homeless and
excluded to change their own lives. The feeling of
belonging, working in a team, regaining a health
oriented attitude towards life, self esteem and
experience of fun is a powerful combination that
sees 77% of players go on to find a home, come off
drugs and alcohol, get into education, jobs, training,
and repair relationships with friends and family.
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They Rule aims to provide a glimpse of some of the
relationships of the US ruling class. It takes as its
focus the boards of some of the most powerful U.S.
companies, which share many of the same
directors. Some individuals sit on 5, 6 or 7 of the top
500 companies. It allows users to browse through
these interlocking directories and run searches on
the boards and companies. A user can save a map
of connections complete with their annotations and
email links to these maps to others. They Rule is a
starting point for research about these powerful
individuals and corporations.
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The Amazing Project
The Amazing Project highlights worthwhile projects
from amazing people doing amazing things to
improve the world and connects them to volunteers
The Amazing Project is a New York State non-profit
corporation. Their goal is to foster a culture of hope
by sharing the stories of people who are making a
positive impact in the world and connecting
potential volunteers and participants with accessible
ways to get involved. These stories are shared
through a robust website, regular email newsletter,
special online projects, public exhibitions, printed
publishing projects, and events.
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The Bank of Common
The Bank of Common Knowledge (BCK) is a
pilot experience dedicated to the research of
social mechanisms for the collective production
of contents, mutual education, and citizen
participation. It is a laboratory platform where
we explore new ways of enhancing the
distribution channels for practical and informal
knowledge, as well as how to share it.
The BCK's mission and meaning is to create,
protect and expand knowledge, exchange and
spread. To bring about re-evaluation into common
Their motivation is also to have individual and
collective needs becoming more autonomous, and
to somehow answer the general lack of resources
for everyday issues. In short: urban survival. They
look for alternative, cheap and affordable, even free
ways to find answers to all sort of needs. They
share practical or theoretical knowledge in all
disciplines, from medical to crafts, to technology to
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Network 2012 is a social enterprise. An online
business and social network and events
company with a mission to contribute to the end
of homelessness by 2012, the year of the
Their aim is to contribute through encouraging
social enterprises and business to network through
them and pay a small membership fee, which they
will use to provide bursaries for those currently
excluded from the mainstream to start their own
Doing what business needs to do but helping others
in the process!
When mainstream society looks outside of itself to
the people on the fringes it seems to only look from
a negative perspective and through the
stereotypical lenses of benefit fraud, idleness,
alcoholism and drug abuse. At Network 2012 their
long experience working with people on the fringes,
specifically in the homelessness sector tells us
something completely different.
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Welcome to the 'play rethink' network!
'play rethink' is an interactive board game that
brings groups of people together to:
generate ideas around sustainability
raise awareness of environmental and social issues
encourage active citizenship
help you rethink your products and services
It is ideal for design professionals, teachers,
secondary and university students and people in the
creative industries in general. It is suitable for ages
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Wanna Start a
Wanna Start a Commune? is a project dedicated
to bringing a communal lifestyle back to the
forefront of American culture, and beyond.
A commune is defined very simply as 'a community
where resources are shared' (Wikipedia). We think
the commune idea deserves a much broader
audience. Sure, many commune experiments have
failed. We say don't throw the baby out with the
bathwater. Let's learn and move forward. The
commune is an idea too good to waste.
The good news is that we're already turning towards
each other more than ever before; for inspiration, for
comfort, for help, for joy. It's a simple act to take that
'turning towards' and make it official. The act of
starting a commune can be literal, or symbolic.
Becoming more collective is the goal. Join with
those around you and together decide how and
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The School of Life
The School of Life is a new social enterprise
offering good ideas for everyday living.
We are based in a small shop in Central London
where we offer a variety of programmes and
services concerned with how to live wisely and well.
We address such questions as why work is often
unfulfilling, why relationships can be so challenging,
why it’s ever harder to stay calm and what one
could do to try to change the world for the better.
The School of Life is a place to step back and think
intelligently about these and other concerns. You
will not be cornered by any dogma, but directed
towards a variety of ideas - from philosophy to
literature, psychology to the visual arts – that tickle,
exercise and expand your mind. You’ll meet other
curious, sociable and open-minded people in an
atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment.
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School of Everything
Nobody likes being told what to do. School of
Everything is here so you can organise your
education however you please. Lots of people think
it is lovely as you can see from these nice words
and shiny awards. School of Everything lets you
learn and teach whatever, wherever and whenever
you want. Join the education revolution!
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The Reanimation Library
The Reanimation Library is a small, independent
library based in Brooklyn. It is a collection of books
that have fallen out of mainstream circulation.
Outdated and discarded, they have been culled
from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles
across the country and given new life as resource
material for artists, writers, and other cultural
The Reanimation Library seeks to assemble an
inspiring collection of resources that will facilitate
the production of new creative work and promote
reflection and research into the historical, legal, and
methodological questions surrounding the adaptive
reuse of found materials. It strives to provide the
necessary space and tools to allow these activities
to flourish, and to foster a climate of spirited
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We are a social design agency that helps tackle big
social challenges. We work with the public sector,
third sector and communities.
where we come from
thinkpublic was founded in 2004 by Deborah
Szebeko. She got the idea for the company after
volunteering as a project manager at Great Ormond
Street Children’s Hospital, where she experienced
first-hand the impact design can have on improving
the patient experience.
thinkpublic has grown and now includes designers,
film-makers, a positive psychologist, programmers,
marketers, artists and anthropologists.
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Creative Pitch is an organization which mobilizes
the unused art supplies which organizations and
people have lying around and sends them to
schools in need of creative supplies.
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UCD Equality Society
The University College Dublin Equality Society was
established in 2005 by former members of the MSc
in Equality Studies, run by the Equality Studies
Centre in UCD. The Society has been active since
then and received official recognition from UCD
Students’ Union in 2007. The Society is active in
organising many events, talks, workshops, and
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A feminist art group which uses art, theatre and
community action to represent feminist ideas and
inspire debate and action.
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Benrik is composed of Ben Carey and Henrik
Delehag, and constitutes the outlet for their creative
Benrik's mission is to remodel the current world into
something more to their liking, adding idea by idea
to the sum total of original thinking and inspiration.
This Diary Will Change Your Life is a recipe for
permanent revolution in people's imaginations,
encouraging them to reinvent themselves every day
of their lives by following Benrik's instructions for
lateral living. It has spawned a worldwide cult of
thousands over the last six years.
Benrik also believe in sharing their surplus creative
and business ideas, originally through a column in
the Independent entitled "Free Ideas", now
collected in book format; they also deliver a Benrik
Pitch every Monday in the Guardian newspaper.
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Design Ignites Change
Creativity holds enormous power for fostering
positive social change. Instilling this ideal in the next
generation of creative professionals is core to
Design Ignites Change, a collaboration between
Adobe Youth Voices and Worldstudio. This annual
program promotes and encourages talented high
school and college students across the country to
use design thinking and innovation to create
messages for, and solutions to, pressing social
Each year, participating colleges, universities and
high schools engage with their students to create
work that addresses powerful social topics ranging
from issues of diversity, homelessness, hunger and
gun violence to scarce water resources,
sustainability and endangered species. The
students are encouraged to develop actual projects
that are visible in, and beneficial to, their own local
communities; projects that will stimulate thought,
dialog, action and ultimately change.
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Colour Me Katie
Hey! I'm Katie Sokoler. I'm a freelance
photographer and street artist living in Brooklyn.
Katie’s blog looks at her art as well as her
involvement in improv everywhere.
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Dropping knowledge is a global initiative to support
the free and open sharing of knowledge among the
people of the world. Born out of the democratizing
power of the internet, dropping knowledge employs
advanced web-technology to empower the global
public to ask the questions that matter to them and
seek new solutions through community dialog.
A freely accessible Copyleft knowledge portal and
dialog forum, dropping knowledge invites the global
public to ask and answer questions, exchange
viewpoints and ideas, and join the conversations
around the most comprehensive database of social
topics ever compiled.
invites you to question yourself and the world
around you. Every time you ask yourself a question,
a new dialogue begins…
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“send a postcard and receive a postcard back from
a random person somewhere in the world!”
The goal of this project is to allow people to receive
postcards from all over the world, for free. Well,
almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a
postcard, you will receive at least one back from
a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the
Why? Because, like the author, there are lots of
people who like to receive real mail.
The element of surprise of receiving postcards from
different places in the world (many of which you
probably have never heard of) can turn your
mailbox into a box of surprises - and who wouldn't
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Free Hugs Campaign
Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.
Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan
Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out
and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.
In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of
human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs
campaign became phenomenal.
As this symbol of human hope spread accross the
city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs
campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the
true spirit of humanity come together in what can
only be described as awe inspiring.
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Museum of Broken
Museum of Broken Relationships A museum
dedicated to broken hearts has been founded in
Croatia. Authors of the concept Olinka Vištica and
Drazen Grubišić decided to set up the museum
after consoling friends over their failed romances.
The Museum of Broken Relationships is an art
concept which proceeds from the assumption that
objects possess integrated fields - ‘holograms’ of
memories and emotions - and intends with its layout
to create a space of ‘secure memory’ or ‘protected
remembrance’ in order to preserve the material and
nonmaterial heritage of broken relationships. Unlike
the ‘destructive’ self-help instructions for recovery
from failed loves, the Museum offers every
individual the chance to overcome the emotional
collapse through creation - by contributing to the
Museum's collection. The individual gets rid of
‘controversial objects’, triggers of momentarily
‘undesirable’ emotions, by turning them into
museum exhibits, and thereby participating in the
creation of a preserved collective emotional history.
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Design Against Crime
Design Against Crime Research Centre
DAC is a socially responsive, practice-led research
at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design,
University of the Arts London.
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Design Can Change
Why did you make this site? Who's behind it?
We are a studio in Vancouver called smashLAB. Over
the past couple of years, we have tried to become
more sustainable, but found it a cumbersome process.
As we started to do more research, we felt it would be
good to share our findings with others in the
community. Additionally, when we started to consider
our collective influence as designers, we thought it
made sense to work together to lobby for better
The site was generated entirely pro-bono and it
has no method of revenue generation. We simply felt
that it was our responsibility as professionals to create
this resource. We hope that you share this sentiment
and participate in the effort.
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Fascinated with the importance of electronic objects
in our daily lives and how we become emotionally
entangled with the abilities they provide, Nicholas is
interested in exploring interpersonal relations as
aesthetic experiences mediated by technology.
Viewing interaction design as a craft, he is actively
engaged in the design and implementation of tools
for prototyping interactions throughout the design
An example of ‘no-tech’ interaction, the war table is
intended to encourage neighbors in urban single-
occupant dwellings to affect each other's space.
Preserving such domestic compromises of
cohabitation supports peripheral social
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Lovely as a Tree
Welcome to Lovely as a Tree, the website that tells
you everything you need to know to be a more
environmentally aware graphic designer.
We give you the low down on how your choices of
design, paper and print impact upon the
We list the steps you can take to reduce your
design footprint, we take you through the process of
choosing a recycled or more sustainably sourced
paper, and we show you what to look for when
choosing a greener printer.
You’ll also find lists of the UK’s most
environmentally friendly papers and printers, web
links to help make your office green, and case
studies to inspire you.
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Design Without Borders
Design without Borders use the designer's creative
and analytical skills to solve challenges in
developing countries. Using design in the
development process leads to better living
conditions, industrial business development and
more efficient emergency relief.
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Designers Against AIDS
Non-profit organization ‘Beauty Without Irony’ has
launched the international project ‘Designers
Against AIDS’ (DAA) in 2004 in order to raise AIDS
awareness in the international media and towards
the general public, more specifically towards young
people in the industrialised countries using
elements from pop culture (music, fashion, design,
arts, sports, film, celebrities, etc).
HOW DOES DAA WORK?
AIDS awareness project Designers Against AIDS -
born in Belgium, but active all over the world- wants
to reach young people by using their favorite
celebrities from the worlds of music, fashion, sports
and art to raise their interest and curiosity, making
them visit the website
www.designersagainstaids.com, click on the links to
local AIDS organisations and learn more about the
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Stockholm Pride is held annually. When Europride
came to Stockholm in 2008, even public transport
had rainbows on it! I chose this festival as it is a
great example of a whole city integrating to
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Citizen’s Advice Bureau
Citizens Information is an Irish eGovernment
website provided by the Citizens Information Board.
The site provides public service information for
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Arthur Guinness Day
Established in 2009 during our 250-year
anniversary, Arthur's Day is a series of events and
celebrations taking place around the world to
celebrate the life and legacy of Arthur Guinness and
the much-loved Guinness® beer which Arthur
brought to the world.
Here in Ireland, last year the likes of Tom Jones,
Kasabian, Estelle, Dizzee Rascal, Razorlight and
David Gray joined us in raising a glass to Arthur and
made Arthur's Day a day of legend.
This year events will be taking place across Dublin
and we have also added additional gigs in Cork and
Galway to ensure the whole country is able to be
part of this truly remarkable celebration.
The line up of over 50 Artists and acts includes
Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini, The Magic Numbers,
José González and The Maccabees.
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I left this here for you to
USA and Canada
2008 - 2009
Between August 2008 and October 2009, we
printed 40 issues of "i left this here for you to read."
There were only 50 copies of each issue total, and
never reprinted any issues. We then left these in
public places (such as on part benches, on buses,
in airports and dentists' offices...) for anyone to
take--free of charge. So far, we've left our
magazines in about 75 cities in the US and in
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The Spire of Dublin, officially titled the Monument
of Light (Irish: An Túr Solais) is a large, stainless
steel, pin-like monument 121.2 metres (398 ft) in
height, located on the site of the former Nelson's
Pillar on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
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Cork Capital of Culture
On January 8th 2005 an extraordinary thing
happened in Cork. It stopped raining. During a
miraculous break in a horrible weather pattern,
100,000 people took to the streets to celebrate the
beginning of Cork's tenure as European Capital of
Kick-starting with that extraordinary weekend in
January, the city celebrated its long-awaited year in
the spotlight with an extraordinary programme of
cultural activity spanning theatre and dance;
architecture, design and visual arts; music; sport;
film, media and sound; festivals; literature,
publications and conferences.
Across the year over one million people, seven
times the city's population, attended official Cork
2005 events as local and international audiences
turned out to experience the Cork 2005 programme.
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An online community with for sale sections, jobs,
community groups and so on. A facilitator of
transactions and interactions.
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